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Why It’s Important to Winterize Your Vehicle

Why It’s Important to Winterize Your Vehicle

Several decades ago (prior to about 1980), winterizing your car was often a complicated ritual, but critical if you wanted your car to start when the temperature dropped. Luckily, modern cars don’t need quite as much babying when the weather turns cold, because nowadays automotive technology is such that cars can start in extremely frigid temperatures without the need for a lot of special winterizing preparations. However, if you want your vehicle to start on cold mornings and run well when the cold weather hits, it’s still important to prepare your car for winter by doing a few simple things (or having your auto mechanic do them). Switch to winter-grade oil in the winter. Motor oil thins as it heats and thickens as it cools. In colder weather, thinner oil is better. The first number in the oil specification index for a motor oil indicates the oil viscosity; for example, 5W-30 is more viscous than 10W-30, and if you generally use 10W-30 oil in the warmer months, switching ... read more

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How to Prevent (or Minimize) Five Common Car Problems

How to Prevent (or Minimize) Five Common Car Problems

Have you ever had one of those mornings when you saunter out of the house, travel mug in hand, whistling a tune as you hop into your car...only to pound your head on the steering wheel minutes later as you crank and crank and crank the key because your engine won’t start? Or have you ever left work late or been traveling somewhere miles from home, maybe even in the dark or rain, and had your car simply break down on the side of the road? Both of these events are frustrating, upsetting, and sometimes even scary. Do you sit in your car waiting for the tow truck or a helpful friend to rescue you, wondering what you might have done wrong? Were there any steps that you could have taken to try to avoid at least some of the most common car problems? Well, we’re glad you asked! Some of the most common car problems can leave you stranded out on the road, but there are things you can do to prevent them (or at least somewhat minimize the frustration when problems do occur). Your Ca ... read more

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Used vs. New Cars: Which Is Better for You?

Have you been thinking about buying a new or pre-owned car lately? Have you been considering a change in vehicles for a while but can’t decide if you want to spring for a new car or look for a pre-owned car that might prove easier on your wallet? There are pros and cons to both. Here are a few things to think about when you’re trying to decide between a new versus a used car. With a new car, you can get exactly what you want--the color, the trim, the features. Your new car will come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Many used cars, especially those sold by individuals, are sold “as is.” If you’re the first owner of a vehicle, apparently you will get more life out of it than out of a used car. Do you tend to keep your cars for a long time and drive them to very high mileage? In that case, buying a new car will likely give you more years of ownership. What is the main drawback to buying a new car, then? Well, there are three: 1. Depreciation. 2. Deprec ... read more

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Latest Driver Safety Technologies

Latest Driver Safety Technologies

Seat belts became commonplace in consumer vehicles after 1958. They progressed rapidly from lap belts to lap and shoulder belts, and fatalities from car accidents plummeted as more and more people buckled up. As safety features were added, airbags, traction control, and antilock brakes became standard.  But what have auto manufacturers done for us lately? What are the latest driver-safety technologies that are already here or on the way? Following are a few descriptions of some of the most impressive. Adaptive cruise control ensures that you won’t follow the car in front of you too closely as it senses the position of the vehicle ahead of you and adjusts your speed as needed. Some of these systems can even incorporate emergency braking if the car you are following slows or stops abruptly, which brings us to the following item. Automatic emergency braking enables your car to sense a potential collision and start braking automatically if you are not able to react in time ... read more

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Bucket List for the End of Summer

Bucket List for the End of Summer

Summer’s nearly over and it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school! Here are some ideas for those dog days of summer that’ll keep you looking back with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.  Do Something You’ve Never Done Before  Summer is a time for exploration and for trying out new things (in a safe environment, of course!). We recommend something in or around water, and maybe one that involves inner tubes. Have you ever played inner tube water polo? The inner tubes keep you from getting hurt, and the number one rule is to have fun! Could you handle that? Hah! Thought so! Another thing that’s really fun with inner tubes is floating on a stream or playing in a swimming pool.  Barbeque, Barbeque, Barbeque There may be something you’ve been meaning to try barbecuing but haven’t. For instance, have you ever barbequed pineapple? It’s easy and delicious! Cut off the crown ... read more

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5 Ways to Protect Your Car from Summer Heat

You think July in Minnesota is hot? Try living on Mercury! The high temperature on the planet closest to our Sun can reach 801 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, hot enough to melt lead.   But that’s of little comfort here on Earth when you’re sweltering in 95-degree heat...and don’t even get us started about the humidity! (To paraphrase Mark Twain, why is it that everybody talks about the humidity but nobody does anything about it?)   Since July has arrived with its suitcases full of burning lava and is planning to stay all month, it’s time to consider what we can do to protect our cars from the heat this month and the rest of the summer. Here are five suggestions for keeping your car from melting like lead on the surface of Mercury when you’re away from home and your nice, shady garage:   If you must park outside, drive around for a few extra minutes to try and find a shady spot. Sometimes parking your car in the shade of a big SUV c ... read more

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Nordgren Automotive’s Guide to Dashboard Warning Lights

When something needs attention in your vehicle, typically a warning light will appear on your dashboard. And these warning lights can range from a reduced power warning to even a loose gas cap. But the team at Nordgren’s Automotive doesn’t want you to panic when you see the flash of these warning lights. We make it our mission to quickly and accurately take care of the problem while keeping you informed each step of the way.   Here is our guide to dashboard warning lights:   Coolant Warning Light: This light resembles a thermometer, and when you see it appear on your dashboard, it usually means your coolant levels are low. Without coolant, your engine would be so hot that it most likely would weld itself together. It could also mean your engine is overheating. Either way, if you see this light on your dashboard, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Nordgren Automotive. Tire Pressure Warning Light: This light is relatively easy to identify, as it has ... read more

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Don’t Panic: 5 Tips on How to Destress.

For many of us, auto repair can be stressful and inconvenient. Your beloved car is tucked away behind closed doors, and your are placing our trust into a team of auto mechanics to properly and accurately fix your vehicle. At Nordgren Automotive, we aim to address your concerns and ease your worries. To begin, here are 5 tips on how to destress the next time you need to bring your car to an auto repair shop:   Try to get a grasp on the basics of how automobiles work. Our team at Nordgren Automotive would be thrilled to explain the basics of auto repair and service to you. We want to you to understand how your car operates, so you can make decisions regarding maintenance and service based on your budget and lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you are unsure about why something is needed for your vehicle, ask! We are all about answering questions honestly and accurately. Stay up-to-date on car maintenance. This way, you are less likely to be faced with expens ... read more

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It’s Time To Go Green, Your Driving Habits Included.

It’s Time To Go Green, Your Driving Habits Included.

Earth Day is April 22, so the team at Nordgren Automotive thought it is the perfect time to learn how to drive greener. At our auto repair shop, we aim to always be conscientious of how our actions can affect the environment. That’s another reason we thought it would be beneficial to highlight how to drive greener.   Make sure tires are inflated to the right pressure. If you are not using your vehicle’s roof and cycle racks, remove them to reduce drag. Accelerate and brake smoothly. Try to avoid using higher gears, along with revving your engine. Don’t make special trips to the gas stations, as you can just work it into your route on your way home from work or school. Idling is not environmentally-friendly. Idling for only 20 seconds burns more fuel and emits more CO2 than turning your car off and on during those 20 seconds. If you are stuck a light or in a drive-thru, just put your car in neutral. Along with following the tips above, our team at No ... read more

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Why Spring is the Best Time to Change your Air Filter

We have all heard the term “spring cleaning,” but did you know that it applies to your car as well? Your vehicle was working overtime during winter, and spring is the perfect time to give it some much-needed TLC. And one of the most important and beneficial tasks is to change your air filter. In fact, spring is the perfect time to change your air filter. Why? Here are three reasons:   Spring is almost synonymous with the pollen, and your car’s cabin air filter is a defense against this allergen. If your air filter is deteriorating, you may find pollen blowing through your vehicle’s car vents. Spring temperatures can be quite unpredictable, and you might find yourself blasting your air conditioner. If your cabin air filter is not changed regularly, gunk could start blowing into your car, which could your vehicle into a dusty mess. Your cabin air filter is imperative to your car’s overall performance. A clogged air filter can reduce the overall e ... read more

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